Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant amount of Spanish and American influences. Despite all cultural influences, the Philippines has got something commonly identified as definitely Pinoy!
The so-called “king of the road” is a popular icon of Philippine travel, and rightly so, since the jeepney is proudly Pinoy! Arguably the most widely used public utility vehicle in the country, jeepneys were originally made from U.S. military jeeps used in the World War II. by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA
The tamaraw or the Mindoro dwarf buffalo is the only bovine endemic to the Philippines. The government said an estimated 10,000 tamaraws existed in Mindoro in the early 1900s, but due to several reasons, the species has been tagged as critically endangered since 2000. by EPA/DENNIS SABANGAN
Perhaps the most popular exotic food in the Philippines, balut has been tagged as a must-try for foreigners who want to get a taste of the local culture. The street food, which is basically duck embryo boiled alive and eaten from the shell, is also believed to be an aphrodisiac and a cure to a bad hangover. by EPA/MIKE ALQUINTO
This popular cold Pinoy desert, whose name literally means “mix-mix,” is created simply by topping sweetened fruits and beans with shaved ice and sometimes ice cream. The desert, which is a delicious Filipino way of fighting off the tropical heat, has recently gained global fame.
The name speaks for the dish itself. “Dinuguan” which means “bloodied” is a stew made of pork cooked in its own blood. What started out as a poor man’s stew, since it uses innards and parts initially seen unfit for the rich man’s table, is now a delicacy usually served even during the most lavish Pinoy feasts. Photo by Winston Baltasar
Attributed by most Pinoys to the Kapampangans, sisig is a crispy and savory dish made of pig’s ears, face, liver and sometimes belly. The pork parts are traditionally boiled, broiled and fried, giving it a distinct smokiness. It is commonly seasoned with calamansi, though modern versions also add mayonnaise. by EPA/MIKE F. ALQUINTO
7. Black Nazarene
The devotion to the blackened image of Jesus carrying the cross may be recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic feast, but the image, known as the “Poong Nazareno” is originally Pinoy. The image, believed to be miraculous, is said to be initially of a fair-skinned Jesus, turned black due to a fire in the galleon which brought it from Mexico. The statue is now enshrined in the Quiapo Church and its feast day in January is celebrated with massive procession of devotees. by EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN
Sinarapan, scientifically known as Mistichthys luzonensis, is the world’s smallest commercial fish species. This fish species is found only in the Bicol Region, particularly in bodies of water in Camarines Sur, including Lake Buhi and Lake Bato. Conservation efforts are in place for the fish, however, as it is threatened with extinction due to overfishing. (Photo from Instagram)
It is said that one easy way to spot Filipinos in a crowd is to call to them via “sit-sit.” Yes, this odd way of attracting someone’s attention using a hissing sound instead of words is believed to be unique to Filipinos. Some experts attribute this to the need to inconspicuously deliver a message to a person without someone else overhearing. by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA
10. Pointing using lips
Just like the “sit-sit,” pointing using lips is also believed to have been developed by Filipinos because of the need to conceal some messages. Elders also urge younger Pinoys to refrain from pointing using their fingers, in the belief that they may offend supernatural beings. by EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA
Disclaimer: All photos weren’t taken by the author but by EPA
A few days ago, I came home from a long days work. All sweaty and sticky due to extremely hot day, well what can I say it’s indeed summer and downright exhausted from teaching 10 hours straight, one class after another, from kindergarten to primary, then middle school to high school and the last class with the graduates and professionals. To simply describe it, I was physically dead. But then I thought, well I haven’t opened my blog for couple of days now so I gave it a few minutes.
And there before my eyes, 3 awards in 1 remarkably written Sauce for the Goose by a brilliant writer of fairy tales, a stunning & kind-hearted woman, an amazing blogger and lovely person Ms. Brenda Davis Harsham or bhd63 for some of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. These awards are deeply valued.
Versatile Blogger Award
Loyal Reader Award
Team Membership Award
Please feel free to visit bhd63’s page. She’s written remarkable stories and has shared delightful photos as well.
TO ALL BLOGGERS, pro and newbies ( just like me), let this be an inspiration for us to write, inspire, give courage and hope, share facts one way or another!
All the best,
Dear friends and readers,
I’d like to use this page and share with everyone, from around the world and from all walks of life, this very inspiring award which was extended to me by beautiful person, an artist, a photographer, a writer, a blogger, and I’d like to call him a friend who inspired me a lot with his amazing photos, words of wisdom and gentle heart Mr. Ajaytao 2010.
Thank you. An award I deeply appreciated and cherished.
Please feel free to visit his page http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/
As for my nominations, here are the beautiful souls!
1. My oldest blogging mates ~ pacificparatrooper (http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/) , retireediary (http://retireediary.wordpress.com/) and ipledgeafallegiance (http://ipledgeafallegiance.wordpress.com/)
3. TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS, old and new, readers, passersby!
As the Dalai Lama once said:
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.
Jesse Herman Holmes
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Education is one of the most important thing one can ever have. The higher the attainment, the better. In fact, I believe it is one of the most valuable asset anyone could achieve. Where there’s education, there exists a teacher as well as a learner. The idea of a teacher is universal such that a teacher can be our parent, our siblings, a teacher by profession, a friend, a colleague or an acquaintance. And a learner is anyone willing to grasp knowledge at hand and for some, anyone willing to learn as much as possible.
Learning is a never ending journey. The day we stopped learning, is the day we’re out of breath. Learning is also a two-way process as we are all familiar with. We’ve heard it a hundred times and perhaps even a thousand times that to be able to learn, one must know how to listen and perceive.
On the other side of the coin is teaching. Teaching for many people is just an employment, a source of income, a source of livelihood. And I wouldn’t lie. I was definitely, I’m one of those people whose apprehension of teaching is alike. And I don’t wanna sound so prim and proper, so dignified because at the beginning of my teaching experiences, I wasn’t so honorable. I taught because I had to earn a living, I had to have financial source. It was merely a job I have to do for money.
But as time is my witness, I have began to love teaching. I started feeling emotions so strange for me at that time. I learn to care for my students. I learn to encourage and little did I know, I began inspiring students. One that started as a need slowly turned into passion. I look forward to instilling optimism, dreams and goals among my students. I began to enjoy teaching more than I have ever imagined.
And one day soon, I received a letter, then comes few more and before the end of every semester I get bunch of letters full of words of appreciation. Imagine the emotion I felt, tears of joy!
Note: This is a letter from one of my students in the college. When I came to China to teach English, there arose various challenges from language barrier, to misunderstanding, cultural difference and a few others. But along the way, it taught many things as well. Communication is the key.
Disclaimer: This is a RE-POST, an excerpt from a friend’s post on FB which I found to be freakin humorous, I even laughed my ass out and yet ironically true in the truest sense of being a woman!
This is an “actual letter” from an Austin, Texas woman sent to Proctor and Gamble regarding one of their feminine products. She really gets rolling after the first paragraph. This was PC Magazine’s 2009 Editors’ Choice award-winner for the best letter sent via e-mail.
Dear Mr. Thatcher,
I have been a loyal user of your ‘Always’ maxi pads for over 20 years and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core or Dri-Weave absorbency, I’d probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I’d certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts.
But my favorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic I can’t tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there’s a little F-16 in my pants.
Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? I’m guessing you haven’t. Well, my time of the month is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I’ll be transformed into what my husband likes to call ‘an inbred hillbilly with knife skills.’
Isn’t the human body amazing?
As Brand Manager in the Feminine-Hygiene Division, you’ve no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customer’s monthly visits from ‘Aunt Flo’. Therefore, you must know about the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it’s a tough time for most women.
The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in Capri pants… Which brings me to the reason for my letter. Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed on the adhesive backing, were these words: ‘Have a Happy Period.’
Are you f—— kidding me? What I mean is, does any part of your tiny middle-manager brain really think happiness – actual smiling, laughing happiness, is possible during a menstrual period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, James? FYI, unless you’re some kind of sick S&M freak, there will never be anything ‘happy’ about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your house just so you don’t march down to the local Walgreen’s armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory.
For the love of God, pull your head out, man! If you have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn’t it make more sense to say something that’s actually pertinent, like ‘Put down the Hammer’ or ‘Vehicular Manslaughter is Wrong’.
Sir, please inform your Accounting Department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flex-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullsh!t. And that’s a promise I will keep.
Always. . …
Austin , TX